So what is Duo Lingo?
According to Wiki at Duolingo at Wiki , it says that, “Duolingo is a free language-learning website and crowdsourced text translation platform. The service is designed so that, as users progress through the lessons, they simultaneously help to translate websites and other documents”
The Wiki article also mentions this: “As of December 2012, Duolingo does not charge for either its translation or language services.”
Now I should be able to judge this service. After all, in 2004-2005, I had 2 years of Spanish at the College of DuPage. Now I haven’t used it that much. This looks like a good opportunity to jump-start Spanish learning.
This is computer learning. But it is enjoyable. Sometimes I repeat a sentence back in Spanish. Sometimes I will pick the correct translation. And I might translate an English sentence to Spanish.
So what do others say?
There’s an MIT technology review at The Cleverest Business Model in Online Education. “It adds up to a free course several hundred hours long that can take a student from zero knowledge of a second tongue to what von Ahn describes as ‘intermediate level’ ability”.
And a test driver had this to say at Learning a language and translating the web: does Duolingo work? :
“…but language is not about words, it’s about meaning. And ultimately, this is where Duolingo falls short.”
OK, folks. Suppose I complete the coursework before Duolingo fails. It will be well worth it. And if it succeeds, I can probably do advanced training. Or take another language – like Chinese – if it becomes available.
But the training has many things I like.
It’s good to have pronunciation practice, vocabulary, sentence translation and feedback. There’s no professor, like I had at COD. I’m waiting until what I learned from COD comes back to me.
So how do they make money?
The article at The Crazy Brilliant Idea Behind Duolingo sheds some light:
First, how you learn:
“They throw sentences and fragments at you from the language you’re looking to learn (chosen by an algorithm based on your skill level). Then, you try to translate that set of text. You can mark words that are causing you trouble, go back and review them with digital flashcards, and basically learn a language one sentence at a time.”
Next, the product:
“…All that text is being translated (for free, by you) into other languages with astonishing accuracy. Duolingo is then free to sell or do whatever it wants with this newly-translated text. Brilliant.”
And the Language Ninjas at Duolingo review says this about learning speed: “With Duolingo learning is fast.”
So forget all the reviews. What do I think? This stuff is great! And I had 2 years of COD level Spanish to judge it by.
What about Superior Spider-Man?
You heard me talk about this in recent blog posts. Just type in “Superior Spider-man” in Google and read the Wiki summary. Basically, I’m boycotting the magazine – until the “real” Peter Parker returns. I’ll keep reading the Wiki summary. Occasionally, I might pick up an “interesting” issue. My local comic story chain named the best Marvel title DareDevil and the best DC title Batman. I’ll follow them both in the meantime.
Academic and business blog posts
Here are some blog posts I recommend from academic and business acquaintances of mine.
Why so many blog posts about kids? Because we have too many US mass killing sprees. Perhaps some good articles on proper childhood care can cure this current and future trend?
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- How to save money on kids clothes
- 10 things you should know about coffee before you drink your next cup
- How to navigate the airport with kids
- 5 of the best places for kids to take classes in Houston
- 10 iPhone apps that help with managing kids behavior
- 5 ways nannies exceed employer expectations
- 20 blogs to read before saying yes to letting your kid sleep over at a friend’s house
- 25 ways to say I love you with your Valentine’s card signature
- 10 things kids born in 2013 will never know
- Expert insights: with Deborah Gilboa, MD of Askdoctorg.Com
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- 10 good rules for packing grade school lunches
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- Expert insights: Ilene Dillon, LMFT and LSCW on kids and co-dependence
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- 7 biggest mistakes nannies make during their job search
- 10 iPhone apps to help manage your wardrobe
- 15 blogs that will help even the technologically challenged create the best Instagrams
- 20 ways to save on your child’s next birthday party
- 20 of the best potty training bribes ever
- 25 blogs to read before sending your child to kindergarten in September
- 10 Reasons to Fire Your Nanny Now
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- 10 inappropriate questions to ask a nanny during an interview
- 10 reasons to never leave your child in the car alone even for a minute
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